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great ball of fire. surveillance cameras capture a meteor lighting up the night sky over canada. and boozed up. a city councilwoman ended up in hot water after police find she's too drunk to stand, let hot water after police find she's too drunk to stand, let alone drive. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. and today we begin with one small step, one giant bomb. in just hours from now, nasa will be returning to the moon in a mission that's packing a pretty serious punch. as nbc's tom costello reports, the agency will crash an unmanned rocket into the lunar surface to see what surprises may lie beneath. >> reporter: it's the moon mission that's given late night couple issues new material.
but nasa's lcross mission. at 7:30 a.m. eastern time, traveling seven times the speed of sound, an unmanned rocket will slam into a crater on the lunar's south pole, hopefully ice six miles high. four minutes later, a satellite will fly through the plume, transmitting live tv images and scientific data back to earth before it, too, crashes into the moon. astronomer laura danley will be watching closer. >> it would be a complete game changer for lunar exploration because it means we won't carry our water with us. water is essential to live. >> reporter: and hydrogen could mean rocket fuel for future manned lunar bases. it was 40 years ago a poll la 11
first landed on the moon. chief scientist jim garvin. >> we went, came, saw, we conquered and we realize what we didn't know. that's the way science works. now we're going back. >> reporter: with vastly improved technology and without risking any lives. >> the discovery of water on the moon is the starting point of what we can do next. >> reporter: and at $79 million, a fraction of the 129 billion, the apollo program cost in today's dollars. >> pretty amazing. that was nbc's tom costello reporting. with key portions of the controversial patriot act set to expire in disease, the u.s. senate will again tackle legislation that weighs the threat of terrorism and the promise of civil liberties. in a split 11-8 vote thursday, they moved the bill to the full chamber, access to business records and room to track
suspected operatives. still, the plan would reign in the use of administrative subpoenas that function without court oversight. some democrats suggest privacy rights may still be compromised. meanwhile, the house is also taking up sensitive legislation, expanding a hate crimes bill to cover sexual orientation. if passed by the senate, the law would make it a federal crime to assault people because they are gay or lesbian. it would protect members of the u.s. military who face attacks because of their service. the law currently covers race, color, religion and national origin. legislation is expected to pass in parts because it's attached to what's considered a critical defense policy bill. now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. police in south carolina released video of a drunk driving arrest that is as embarrassing as it is disturbing. a dash camera shows a city
councilwoman too intoxicated to even stand up. after she drove into a ditch. officers found empty mini bottles of wine in that car. the politician pleaded guilty and currently in her last month of office, she said she has announced she will not seek reelection. investigators in san francisco are looking into a fight on a public bus there to see why the driver didn't intervene. cell phone video shows two women arguing over a seat. suddenly erupting sbi fuinto a full-out brawl. a high school in missouri is in trouble after supervisors there apparently allowed some extreme fighting matches. the superintendent, principal, athletic director and the wrestling coach all watched these rough bouts which took place in the gym. one fight allegedly continued even after a student had a tooth
knocked out. and a jumbo canine in north dakota may be the world's tallest dog. boomer, a 3-year-old new foundland stands a towering 3 feet to the shoulder and 7 feet from nose to tail. he's got a pretty booming appetite, too, polishing off 20 pounds of dog food every few weeks. and apparently helps himself to the sink. now for a look at the national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist elita loresca with today's forecast. >> 20 pounds, dan. 20 pounds. >> that's a light breakfast for me. the thing is, i mean, up to the sink helping itself. >> and you know what, they're good swimmers, though. >> interesting. >> all right. taking a look sat your national forecast. once again, it looks like much of the nation's heartland is going to be seeing a lot of activity. this morning, some showers and thunderstorms, flood advisories already in effect from central and eastern parts of texas, all
the way through the ohio river valley. yesterday we did see those flood advisories going up and they're going to continue through much of today. hopefully by the weekend getting a little bit of a break for some. temperaturewise, starting off on the cooler side. boston, 51 degrees. upper 50s in cincinnati. however, ahead of that front, it will stay hot and humid with the thunderstorms from jackson through cincinnati. also wet weather across the northeast. new york, today, mild one with highs in the 70s. that's a look at your regional forecast. time now to take a look at your local forecast. concord, this afternoon looking for some showers. keep that umbrella handy with temperature readings in the upper 50s. thunderstorms in cincinnati with highs in the upper 60s there. 86 in ridgemont. meanwhile, columbia, south carolina, 81. all right. dan, that's a look at your friday forecast. coming up, a sneak peek into the weekend. >> because that's what everyone wants to know. all right. thank you for that. >> pepsi fizzles, big ben sits
pretty tight sdpshgs snoozing in the cockpit. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, has a well-known hollywood actress with a bit of a reputation for falling head over heels said i do to a major league slugger. rockies even things up and a hollywood ending for the dodgers. you're watching "early today."
good morning and welcome back to "early today," everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. and here are some of your top headlines this friday morning. 100 people are believed to be dead due to mud slides in the philippines, a country reeling from now back-to-back storms. the latest landsliding bring the total death toll from those storms to more than 400. in a trial that offered an unsavory glimpse into new york's high society, a jury has
convicted the 85-year-old son of fill hand throw pivot brook astor from stealing from his own sick mother, helping herself to her $200 billion fortune. a jury exhibit convicted him of first degree grand larceny any and scheme to go defraud. he face approximates 25 years in prison. the "new york times" is asking fans to help major league baseball. newly found film shows the only known shots of the great bambino in the 1920s at yankees stadium. it also shows ruth at bat striking out with lou gehrig on deck. baseball and the times want to find out all they can about this clip, including the day, the year and the opposing team. a tron pers in canada asking for the public's help. they captured footage of a meteor blazing across the sky last month. researchers are hoping to hear from anyone who saw the fireball
or anyone who found possible meteorite fragments. the dow opens at 9,786 after gaining 61 points on thursday. the s&p rose 7. the nasdaq, that climbed 13 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei jumped 183 points, while in hong kong the hang seng was up 6 points. a strong start to earnings season and a fresh round of encouraging economic data put investors in a pretty good buying mood yesterday. retailers posted their first monthly sales increase in more than a year. that's raising hopes that american consumers who account for two-thirds of the economy might be loosening their grips on the purse strings. the reports and shares of abercrombie and fitch and long-time retailer macy's up 5%. adding to investors's optimism, alcoa after the bell wednesday night report of its
first profit in nine months thanks to cost cutting and rising sales. pepsi's third quarter profits did beat wall street's expectation, consumers worried about cost and health. shares slipped 1%. home builders got a boost yesterday as congress considered extending an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. it's currently scheduled to expire november 30th. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke said u.s. interest rates will probably remain at their current electrical for a quote, which is his words, an extended period that. should calm some fears of some on wall street who were nervous this week after australia's surprise decision to raise interest rates there. and g.m. is reportedly about to sell its gas-guzzling hummer line to a chinese company in a deal worth $150 million. here's something people will be talking about, certainly debating today. wall street journal reports
usair lines and pilot unions are making a case to the federal aviation administration for something called controlled napping in the cockpit. this allows pilots to take turns napping during long stretches at the controls in hopes they will be more alert in crucial takeoffs and landings. as of now, though, it is strictly forbidden by the faa but practice is standard operating procedure at several major foreign airlines. so someone else you have to fight with now for those limited pillows and blankets on board. who says you can't use your head in hockey? plus, all the drama of last night's major league playoff action, including a shocking error with two outs in the ninth inning brings it all crumbling down around the cardinals. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. happy friday, everyone. your weekend forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, over the course of their careers, major league outfielders catch literally tens of thousands of routine fly balls, but nothing is routine in the playoffs. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. the los angeles dodgers had more
wins in their final at-bats than any other team in the national league this season. so it should come as no surprise if that they continue that trend in the playoffs. we'll pick it up in the ninth. 2-1. dodgers down to their final out. james loney lined one to matt halladay. game over, right? no, wrong. he lost the ball in the lights and dropped it. loney was safe at second. the dodgers had new life. after ryan franklin walked blake, belliard came up. pinch runner pierre hustled from second to start. dodgers tied it at two. franklin was all over the place. he then loaded the bases with another walk. that set up veteran mark loretta to be a hero. ing second pitch loretta saw blooped it into center. blake scored the scoring run. commanding two-game lead in the series. phils and rockies. torrealba gave colorado a 3-0 lead in the fourth. two-run homer. phils pitcher hamels gave up
four wins over five innings. he would join his wife heidi who went into labor with the couple's third child. phils closed the gap in the sixth. that scored a pair. phils trailed 4-3. to the ninth. rockies up 5-4. two on for shane victorino. but he lined out to second. colorado evened the series with 5-4 win. game 3 tomorrow night. game 1 between the red sox and angels. pitchers duel until the fifth. torii hunter took jon lester deep. three-run bomb put the angels up 3-0. lackey pitched a gem. struck out four over 7 1/3 innings. angels took game 1. game 2 is tonight. check out this goal from the ducks/bruins game. cory perry took the shot. tim thomas made the save. rebound off perry's helmet and into the net. that's what i call using your head. ducks won 6-1 with one of the strangest goals you'll ever see. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> any way to get it done.
up through the midwest. saturday looking better across the midwest. now the storms pushing eastward across charlotte with a high of 81 degrees. still hot and humid across the sunshine state with highs expected to the low to mid-90s. if you're watching wwbt nbc 12 in richmond, virginia, bring the family to celebrate american culture through music, food, dance and traditional crafts at the richmond folk festival at the downtown richmond riverfront. that's your eastern event of the day. >> looks good. thank you, elita. well, there is really no other way to put it. this weekend at the box office will be one of the dullest in recent memory. only one new film, "couples retreat," including vince vaughan, jason bateman and kristen davis. it's the only game in town that alone should see it earn somewhere in the high teen millions and make it number one but, again, by default.
last weekend's champ "zam "zombieland" will finish second. terry o'neill reportedly protested against david letterman. and to take action immediately. finally, okay magazine reports alex rodriguez has asked goldie hawn and kirk russell for their blessing for marrying their daughter in aspen, colorado. this is an interesting story. >> you knew it was coming, though, dan. had a feeling. >> with kate hudson, she does seem to be this hopeless romantic. maybe this time will be the charm. >> hopefully, right. >> keep your fingers crossed. this comes from kob tv 4 in albuquerque, new mexico where creative and colorful balloons took to the skies there. they took flight fort annual
balloon fiesta. high winds kicked up unexpected drama. nine out of control balloons made pretty rough landings, including noah's ark which ended up beached in a backyard. the erratic balloons didn't get from shining that night. what a sight there. i'm dan kloeffler, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
northern maryland into southern pennsylvania. it's clear in southern maryland and lower eastern shores. the best chance of rain this morning. probably sunshine this afternoon. upper 70's to about 80 degrees. looks like it will be nice this afternoon. we will be back in a few minutes a look at the forecast of a weekend. >> here's a look ahead to 11 news. >> the first of five furlough days for baltimore city employees. that story coming up. >> this morning the molleon as a bull's-eye on it from nasa. >> there's an earlier
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>> the bad news is we're going to deal with some rain this morning. it could get close to 80 degrees this afternoon. a touch of summer, but as the warm air comes in, we're dealing with rain showers from baltimore into southern pennsylvania, scattered showers. the best chance of rain is this morning. this afternoon the chance for rain will drop off. around the state, up 70's to about 80. in the six depots in the mountains. everywhere else is above normal. 30% chance of showers this afternoon. the best chance this morning. we come back in a few minutes to look at the weekend. for now, protecting the traffic with sarah caldwell. >> good morning. >> good morning.